Indyk calls Road Map "unrealistic" - Sharon endorses it in speech
IMRI - 4 Dec: A day after former US ambassador Martin Indyk told the third annual Herzliya Conference that the US-backed "road map" is "unrealistic", Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told the same group tonight that he embraced the plan.
The following is IMRA's translation of a segment of the speech as broadcast
on Israel Television Channel One Mabat news:
"Israel will not rule the territories that we withdrew from under the force
of international agreements.
In the second stage of President Bush's plan, Israel will allow the
establishment of a Palestinian state within temporary borders that will
include Areas A and B excepting required security areas.
That same Palestinian state will be completely demilitarized. It will be
permitted to have a lightly armed police and internal security forces.
Israel will continue to control all entry and exit from the Palestinian
state and will also be over its airspace. And they will not be permitted to
enter into pacts or agreements with Israel's enemies.
As I committed in the past, the Bush plan will be brought up for the
consideration and approval of the Government that I plan to form after the
It remains unclear how Mr. Sharon plans to enforce these restrictions the
day after the sovereign independent Palestinian state comes into existence
and decides not to respect the restrictions and a flotilla of boats and
planes from around the world makes its way to challenge Israel's blockade on
the sovereign state of Palestine.
It is noteworthy that Mr. Sharon apparently does not rule out the
possibility that the sovereign Palestinian state enters into a defense pact
with Egypt and Jordan. The Egyptians continue to practice using their
American weapons to rush across the Sinai under the cover of American made
mobile anti-aircraft systems. It is expected that the Egyptians will be
rewarded by the US for their cooperation in the current campaign against
Iraq with even more sophisticated weapons to use against the Jewish State.